My initial review of the Pixel C that I received a few days ago.
1. Before the initial OTA, touch was laggy as all hell, worst device since OnePlus One before it got its touchscreen patches. After the OTA (M, not going to put N preview on this), touch works great and there are 0 touchscreen issues
at this point.
2. I haven't rebooted the Pixel C for over a day now, and as far as performance goes, this thing is absolutely insane. It's the snappiest Android device
and by faaaaaar the snappiest and smoothest Android tablet
, bar none. I'm talking iPad levels of smoothness and lack of lag.
It is pretty amazing that such a device finally exists, though I wonder if it will stay this way if I keep adding apps. I put the same amount I usually have on all my tablets, and the Nexus 9, the Shield Tablet, the Nexus 7 2013, or the LG G Pad GPE can't touch it with a 12-mile pole. Though the funny part there is the Nexus 7 2013 and the G Pad GPE are smoother than the Nexus 9 and the Shield Tablet.
3. The camera
on the Pixel C, not that I'm planning to ever use one, is absolute shit. Garbage. Yeah, definitely never using it.
4. The main nav buttons
being banished to bottom left and bottom right corners instead of being in the familiar middle. Not a fan, learning to deal, but I don't see much of a point. Yeah, they're closer to where my thumbs are, but oftentimes, I reach with the wrong hand for a button that used to be in the middle but is now all the way on the other side. I'm also used to center buttons, so unless Google changes it everywhere, the muscle memory is going to be a bitch.
5. Battery life is great
. It's way better than any other Android tablet I'd used. The Nexus 9 would have died by now, and I still have 43% with 4.5 SoT, over a day uptime, and pretty heavy usage. I consider that pretty good for a tablet of this size.
6. The brightness slider doesn't work
in the latest M build unless I disable Adaptive brightness
. Then it works right. With adaptive though, sliding it doesn't change the brightness whatsoever.
7. The 10.2" screen size is too big
for me. I'm not used to such large tablets anymore, and the 9", 8", and 7" sizes are far more usable and portable in my opinion. However, because it's such a monster performance-wise, I'm going to use the Pixel C as my primary go-to tablet around the house from now on.
2560x1800 means the ratio is ~1.42, and at 10", it makes it even harder to hold and type in portrait. I do appreciate the extra height in landscape though. But yeah, too big for my liking.
. I'm not going to get one. Don't need it, got one for the Nexus 9 and I hate it and pretty much never use it.
9. The signature Pixel-style glowing bar acts as a battery meter
that turns on when you pick up the tablet. It is pretty cool, but it's not a big deal to me.
10. The magnets inside the Pixel C that make it stick to fridges is cool in theory, but it doesn't stick to mine, or anything else in my kitchen for that matter, due to the materials used in the doors. Plus, I'm fine using it on the counter with a simple case stand.
11. I tried Xcom Enemy Within https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tt2kgames.xcomew
but it didn't run at all and displayed black screens and artifacts everywhere. I assume it's something to do with the Tegra XI processor in the Pixel C, so I'm going to blame 2K Games for the bug.
12. I unlocked the bootloader right away, as I always do, and found that Google has done something absolutely ridiculous on the Pixel C compared to other stock Android devices. When you boot up, there's a message that literally says you have to wait 30 seconds for the boot to even start because of the unlocked bootloader, followed by an annoying high-pitch beep. Compared to the Nexus's maybe 5-10s boot message, 30 seconds is ridiculous.
13. Forgot to mention - USB-C port. Love it! I have USB-C cables all over the house now because both my wife and I are on the Nexus 6P.
So this is my review of the Pixel C after about 2 days of relatively heavy usage. It's a beast. I hope the performance sticks around, because I don't want to be disappointed by Android yet again.